Parker column misrepresents debt limit debate

Posted: Aug. 10, 2011 7:40 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 10:15 am

To The Herald-Whig:

I sometimes wonder if anyone reviews opinion pieces from AP before they are printed. I realize that these are not news stories and therefore aren't expected to be a balanced presentation, but the Aug. 2nd column by Kathleen Parker sets a new standard for totally missing the point of her subject matter!

She discusses the just concluded Congressional debate over increasing the debt limit as if it were a national emergency and the only issue should have been how large a check Obama should be allowed to write. And she starts the whole piece by calling the tea party killers. (See fragging).

Consider the following points. The U.S. was never at risk of defaulting on its debt unless the president chose to ignore the Constitution. The reason we have to raise the debt limit every few years is because our government spends more than it takes in as revenue -- this year borrowing 40 percent or more of what it spends. The tea party from the beginning has supported limited government, reduced government spending and lower taxes. The president has never produced a budget except for the budget buster that received 0 votes even in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

During the debate President Obama insisted that taxes must be raised after saying last year that you can't raise taxes in a poor economy. Congress builds an 8 percent annual increase into government spending and that larger number becomes the baseline! All the savings they've been arguing about are really reductions in that increase. So the debt limit debate is really about how much we spend, not how much we can borrow! All the tea party did was to try to make Congress discuss the real issue -- spending -- the same issue they have talked about since the 2010 elections.

It seems to me they could be the only serious folks in Washington.


Dr. Walter Stevenson



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